Volvo has added a new model to their SUV line-up for 2018. It is a brand new, entry-level, small, crossover SUV. These little SUV's sell like hotcakes, so this one may end up being the best-selling Volvo SUV in 2018. Of the two SUV's that they produced in 2017, one of them has been completely overhauled for 2018. Only time will tell if this updated model will be the best in 2018. While many would argue that the best Volvo SUV is a matter of opinion, sales figures for 2017 are hard to challenge. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about Volvo's SUV line-up.
Which Volvo SUV is the largest?
The XC90 is Volvo's biggest SUV, but bigger isn't necessarily better. It has room for seven people, including the driver. There is also plenty of cargo room in the XC90 with a total of 85.7 cubic feet of available space. The XC90 comes with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and in four different trim levels. There is also a plug-in hybrid XC90. The four trim levels are the Momentum, Inscription, R-Design, and Excellence.
What type of engine does the XC90 come with?
The first three XC90 trim levels are available with either a gas-powered engine only or with the gas engine and a plug-in hybrid motor. The Excellence trim is available only with the plug-in hybrid motor.
There are also two available gas-powered engines for the XC90. The T5 models come with a Direct-injected 2.0-L turbocharged engine that produces 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. T6 models come with a Direct-injected 2.0-L turbocharged & supercharged engine. It produces 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The XC90 plug-in hybrids have the T6 model gas-powered engine plus an 87-hp electric motor. That combination produces 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque.
The XC90 T5 models get 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The T6 models get 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The T8 Plug-in hybrids get 26 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Does Volvo make a compact CUV?
They do now. The all-new XC40 is Volvo's entry-level, compact crossover SUV. It has room for five people and 47.2 cubic feet of total cargo space. The XC40 is available in only two trims - the T5 AWD Momentum and the T5 AWD R-Design. It is only available with all-wheel drive for now. An FWD XC40 T4 is expected to be out sometime this summer. MSRP for the XC40 Momentum is $35,200. The XC40 R-Design starts out at $37,700.
The XC40 comes with a 2.0-L, In-line 4-cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood that produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. You can expect to get 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with this little CUV.
There are four pre-programmed driving modes for the XC40. You can choose between Comfort mode, Dynamic mode, Off-Road mode and Eco mode or program your own Individual mode. The XC40 also comes with the latest hi-tech active safety and infotainment equipment. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB chargers and a 9" touchscreen come standard.
What is the best Volvo SUV?
Based on 2017 sales figures, the XC60 is Volvo's best SUV. They sold 142,848 generation I XC60's by the end of November 2017. They've also already sold 26,825 newly-remodeled generation II XC60's. Only 76,482 XC90 SUV's were sold by the end of November 2017.
The XC60 comes in the Inscription, Momentum and R Design trim levels. You can also get it with the T5 or T6 gas-powered engines or T8 plug-in hybrid configuration under the hood. It has room for five passengers and a total of 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space. You can expect to get 21-22 mpg in the city and 27-28 mpg on the highway with a gas-powered XC60. The plug-in hybrid model gets 26 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Base MSRP for the T5 AWD Momentum is $41,500. The T6 AWD Momentum, with Volvo's 2.0-L, In-line 4-cylinder turbocharged & supercharged engine, starts out at $44,900. The T8 eAWD plug-in hybrid Momentum has a base MSRP of $52,900.
The XC60 comes with lots of standard hi-tech safety features, including City Safety collision avoidance technology, Driver Alert Control, Lane Keeping Aid, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and Rear Collision Warning. A high-performance audio system, including SiriusXM Satellite Radio, ten speakers, and either touchscreen or steering wheel button control capabilities come standard. You can upgrade to a Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and USB ports are also standard features in the XC60.